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U r stil loking so beatiful dear,I hav a son and he has turnes 1 year this nov, but I am still to loose a lot...

I can relate to the "fat roll". Three kids and the last one being three years ago, I am still tucking the roll into the pants and staring at the skinny-jean shelf I have erected in my closet.

omg I just found your blog .. the way of the tutorial for the apron i am making for a swap... and whamo you skinny thing.. yougave me the giggles. I too struggle with yes.. 16 pounds.. mostly from drinking.. :) as my kids almost two years apart are older.. and well.. thanks for the motivation to move it more.. and to sew perfect things. Janice my kids are 10 and 8.. yikes..

You look great now! I am 41 and my youngest is 9 and I am still fighting to get rid of the last 15-20 lbs! I too, joined a gym, doing the excercise, changing eating habits but I guess it is just a matter of time! Your children are AdOrAbLE!!!

Hey, sista, I hear ya loud and clear. After four babies, I'm just now back to my fightin' weight. ;-)
Give it time, give it time.
Four months is nothing. Not to discourage you, not at all. But be patient with yourself. Those clothes WILL fit again. I can tell by your 'skinny' pictures, that with your frame, you'll get back to where you want to be. Things may shift around, but it'll all be good!

Girl--you are beautiful! I know we are always harder on ourselves, and even I don't believe people most of the time. I have the opposite problem--have always struggle to gain waight. People think it's so great. Sometimes it's a curse. Despite those lbs. you want to get rid of, be thankful you can fill out your clothes instead of looking like a pole like me :) I've always thought you and Lora both were so pretty. I'd love to have dark hair, eyes, and complexion like yours. I guess the grass is always greener. Your girls are gorgeous too. What gifts.

What a cute, well-written post. I'm sure you are the only one who looks at you and feels you need to lose weight. I think we are often so hard on and critical of our bodies, rather than appreciating and caring for them because of how hard they work each day.

You are so beautiful, even with what you call 'extra pounds'! I've been reading your blog for a while now, and I love it. Thanks!

I think you look great for having two kids....

I floated over from The Nester's place and I just have to say your post is too cute. You look fabulous! And what's more you're kids are beautiful, so you know it was worth it. We've all been there. I gained 70 lbs with my pregnancy and it took a long 12 months for it to come off. Don't stress about it. My skinny shelf waited for me and yours is waiting for you :)


Don't be so hard on yourself! You look great. Our body's change... sounds like you're doing all the right things. xoxo, Joanna

Welcome to real world sweetheart, and I don't even have kids. I have accepted my spare tire a long time ago. It was hard I will admit. No, I was never as small as you were, or are now, but I did accept it. As far as working out goes. I get bigger when I work out now. I add tons of muscle. So I really have to watch it. You look Great!!!

Puh-leeze, you look itty-bitty to me, regardless of how you started out!! I love to scrutinize myself close up, until I see a picture from the vantage point of the rest of the world and think, "Hey, I look pretty dang good!" Only WE are looking at ourselves close up in a mirror!!! Heehee. I'm back DOWN BELOW my pre-pregnancy weight and still...I'm accepting that I'll never look the same again. The fat redistributes. It's a badge of honor, right?? :)

They say 9 months on, 9 months off. It's not working for me, 19 months post-baby. I think the body just changes shape. Sorry 'bout that. If it helps at all, I would kill someone to look how you look right now.

You will get there - just give it time. After 4 kids I finally realized I had to do something drastic and joined Weight Watchers. And I'm happy to say I am now wearing the jeans from the skinny shelf. Don't worry though - if you are working at it, it will come off - just giver yourself some time.
And, if it helps any, you look pretty skinny in the "now" pics too!!

Oh! I almost forgot...your babies are BEAUTIFUL! And totally worth it. (I know I didn't have to tell you that though!)

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! This post is so funny! I'm sorry...I promise I don't mean to's just that I SO KNOW what this is like! (I'm sure most moms do.) Oh I long to fit into my old jeans, and the notion that one day I will is quickly fading.... "A blubber tut" Too funny! What a cute post! I floated over from the Nester, by the way and so glad I did!

I never got rid of all my baby weight after either of my kids, my butt is like 5 times the size it was before them :( more than that right now I think since it's ballooning again with this baby. from your pictures you don't look too big, so I wouldn't feel too bad :)

yeah my muffin top is still hanging out, If I lost 5 pounds I could be my pre-pregnancy wait so I know I'm pretty lucky and looking pretty good, just everything is LOOSE so when I wear stuff I used to wear I can't fit into it because the hips are like 3" wider if not more, just fro being LOOSE and some left over fat. I bought a bike last week, here is to hoping and praying I can make a difference! I think cardio is the best way to loose weight if you really want too, just run every day for an hour. Tried that yet? I hate running.

it was worth every pound, stretch mark and size 2 jeans.

Great post and thank you!

I feel your pain. I joined WW and I WILL be my skinny self again. (I gained weight over the winter and i HATE it).

Girl... you crack me UP! I laughed my way through this. Perhaps because everything you said is talking to me right where I am at. I am pretty accepting of where I am now, but it certainly doesn't mean I want to STAY here. No, definitely not. I am just realizing thin isn't everything. I will continue to kick my butt every day in hopes that one day, in the not so distant future, I will tug on my former self's jeans and they will FIT!

I am SO not a class person. Daniel was SHOCKED when I started attending spinning classes. I was kind of shocked too. Or maybe just desperate.

"A blubber tutu." Hilarious.


I am with Sarah!! It's been 2 years since my second baby and I still have the weight. it was so much easier to lose with the first.

Hang in there! It'll come off. I'm three kids later and 55-60 pounds each! My ob/gyn gave me some great advice with my first...your body will put on what it needs and take off what it doesn' takes nine months to put it on...give yourself 12 to take it off - just don't panic and do things you normally wouldn't do to take it off. I'll admit it wasn't easy..especially having to buy those larger size shorts in the summer...but it was great advice and considering she and i were going through pregnancies together each proved to be true. Your babies are georgous - and you clearly have perspective on the gift that they are! Don't worry - your body will find you once again...and your skinny shelf will be waiting. :) Hang in there!

Oh man, I hear you on the jeans not fitting. My baby is almost 2.5 and I *still* can't get rid of the baby weight. Sad. So sad.

~ Sarah

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